RELEASE: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California Endorses Former Lt. Commander Gil Cisneros (CA-39)

Fullerton, Calif. – Today, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representing over 700,000 nurses, classroom aides, state workers, security officers, college professors, home care workers, janitors, and social workers across California endorsed Fmr. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District. SEIU’s endorsement adds to an impressive list of supporters including nine Democratic members of Congress, local elected officials, women’s rights champion Dolores Huerta, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, and the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets.

“Working men and women have a champion in Gil Cisneros who is an independent leader, not a a career politician,” said David Huerta, President of SEIU United Service Workers West. “Gil has been a longtime advocate for veterans and local students, and in Washington he will continue to advocate for increased school funding, Medicare for all, and paid family leave.”

Earlier this year, Cisneros released his education plan, which calls for increased K-12 per pupil spending, and revamping our student loan system to bring down costs and ensure all students have access to affordable higher education. You can read the plan here.

“Gil is the son of a SEIU public-school cafeteria worker and Vietnam veteran. He knows first hand the struggle working families face, and that it is our government’s responsibility to create more opportunities for local students. Gil is refusing to take corporate PAC money, because he is going to Washington to fight for us, not special interests,” said Julio Avila, Orange County Janitorial Division SEIU-USWW Member.

Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is Advocate and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education, led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map and recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Lean R to Lean D.